Denmark will deploy armed soldiers to its southern border and a number of potential terror targets Friday.
Some 160 soldiers will take over the workload of 128 police officers until further notice. They will support controls along the border to Germany and guard sites such as the Great Synagogue in Copenhagen, the National Police announced Thursday.
The synagogue has been under constant surveillance since February 2015, when a security guard was shot dead by a man of Palestinian descent. The gunman, Omar El-Hussein, opened fire outside a free speech event prior to the shooting at the mosque, killing one man and injuring a number of police officers.
Denmark imposed border controls in January 2016 on a temporary basis. The European Union is expected to announce a rule change that would allow the controls to continue for four years after several countries pushed for a rule change amid the migrant crisis.
“But I would say that I cannot imagine that we will lift the border controls right away – and definitely not by November 12,” Immigration Minister Inger Støjberg told news agency Ritzau.
Austria announced in August that it would send 70 soldiers to the border with Italy to stop migrants from moving north. Bulgaria simultaneously sent 600 soldiers to stop people from entering the EU from Turkey.
“It’s important not only to prevent illegal migration but, above all, to save human lives,” said Austrian police chief Helmut Tomac, according to EUobserver.
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